Risk Factors for Heart Valve Disease
There are a number of risk factors for heart valve disease. They include:
- History of endocarditis (an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves)
- History of rheumatic fever (a complication associated with strep throat)
- Older age which causes your heart valve to thicken and become stiffer
- Prior heart attack or heart failure
If you have risk factors for coronary artery disease, they put you at a higher risk for developing heart valve disease. They include:
- Family history of early heart disease
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Lack of physical activity
- Resistance to insulin
Some people have a congenital condition called bicuspid aortic valve. This means that your aortic valve has two flaps instead of three. This condition places you at a higher risk for developing aortic heart valve disease.
Talk with your doctor about your risk factors, especially if you have any symptoms of heart valve problems or disease.